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awkward mermaid is an online safe place for writers regarding mental illness. Think of us as a place where magic and mental illness can coexist. Brand new millennial and mental health online literary magazine accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.

 

✰SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 
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Submissions for our:

FIRST ISSUE/Halloween-themed

For our first issue, we decided to go the spooky route, but with a twist: let's think about all those well-known halloween & horror tropes and turn them on their head--the zombie, the witch, the vampire, the ghost--how are these familiar tropes intrinsically connected to mental illness/health? For example, the zombie could easily serve as a prototype for the over-medicated, the vampire as chronic insomniac, the ghost as a stand-in for personality disorders or the personality post-trauma. They're all there, standing in the shadows, so let's reach out and begin to imagine for them a better, creepier, sadder, madder, and important worlds beyond the cheap glare of the Walgreens or Wal*Mart Halloween $9.95 section. We want writing that isn't afraid to creep and crawl amongst the neurons of our minds, we want writing that transforms the trope, somehow, to inform us of more important, more essential issues than merely being afraid of the dark. We want writing that has fun, that's playful in its treatment of our Hallow's Eve theme, and writing that's got soul and spark as well as spook. 

FICTION SUBMISSIONS: short stories (4,000 words or less); flash fiction (up to 3 in one submission, no more than 1,000 words)-

  • PLEASE DOUBLE SPACE & INCLUDE PAGE NUMBERS -

  • EMAIL THEM TO PROSE@AWKWARDMERMAID.COM WITH A SUBJECT HEADER (FICTION SUBMISSION - LAST NAME)

 

POETRY SUBMISSIONS: UP TO 5 POEMS PER SUBMISSION, PLEASE SINGLE-SPACE ALL POEMS

  • EMAIL THEM TO POETRY@AWKWARDMERMAID.COM WITH A SUBJECT HEADER (POETRY SUBMISSION - # OF POEMS- LAST NAME)

 

CREATIVE NON-FICTION SUBMISSIONS: ESSAYS (4,000 words or less); CREATIVE NF flash/MICRO MEMOIRS  (up to 3 in one submission, no more than 1,000 words)

  • EMAIL THEM TO Prose@AWKWARDMERMAID.COM WITH A SUBJECT HEADER (NONFICTION SUBMISSION - LAST NAME)

 

ART: We're open to anything!

  • Email all art/digital creations to maryb@awkwardmermaid.com with a subject header (art submission - last name

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